29 May 2013

Heritage Scrapbooks: Changing Printing Companies Slowed Me Down

I have been struggling to get my family history scrapbook projects for this year started. It's nearly June, and what do I have to show for it. Well, the photos are organized. Before you think I'm not living up to my Power Scrapbooking or Family History Scrapbook advice, let me tell you where the hold up is. 

First, I switched printing companies for our 'offline family blog.' It was so insanely difficult. The company I had been using,went out of business. There were few options for print-on-demand single-run book printing companies that would keep my work private. I finally decided on Lulu.com. It was a beast to do this. Uploading my PDFs took a lot of trial and error. But finally, the yearly personal history book is done and the book will be printed. To see what I'm talking about, click on this article Personal History Is Important Too. Now... to wait for Lulu.com to process and ship!

2011 Family Vacation Scrapbook Cover
2011 Family Vacation Scrapbook Cover


I also finally printed our family vacation 2011 book. Yeah, I know... little behind there. Seriously, I didn't decide that the 2011 trip south needed it's own scrapbook until sometime last year. Last year I created the 7 yearly scrapbooks (for 2011) and two family history scrapbooks. Plus, I published the two eBooks listed in the side bar. Along the way, I realized that the 2011 trip needed it's own book to do the story justice. So, I slowly, but surely, worked on the project. Once my eBooks were published and the family and heritage scrapbookswere printed; it was time to finally wrap up this scrapbook!

This isn't exactly a 'digital scrapbooking' blog, so I posted the new techniques I tried on my other blog in a posted entitled Power Scrapbooking Slowed Down by Switching Printers.

In any case, Viovio.com is the company I'm using for my scrapbook. Hopefully things will turn out and I can finish printing the 2012 scrapbooks, clear off some space on the computer and get back to designing Heritage Scrapbooks that I have planned for this year. (And maybe get a jump start on the 2013 albums.)


6 comments:

  1. Devon,

    Ugh, what a bummer that the company you were using went out of business.

    The vacation scrapbook looks so fun. What a great idea! I bet your family loves looking through these scrapbooks you have created.

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    1. Jana,

      Bummer. I know, right!

      They do enjoy the scrapbooks. The two oldest kiddos are now creating their own scrapbooks without much help from mom! Yeah. So, now I do 4 scrapbooks a year, plus any 'extras'. My hubby is also inspired to work on his, whenever he's 'in the mood.'

      I'm so glad that I have this talent. It makes our memories so beautiful. But I also love the 'blogging style' of our personal history book as well. That takes zero creative effort. Gotta love that.

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    2. Devon,

      I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/05/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-may-31-2013.html

      Have a great weekend!

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    3. Jana... you're too kind. Thank you.

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  2. Devon, I used Lulu.com for my memoir Stored Treasures and I've been very happy. There certainly is a learning curve, but they are very responsive, the prices are reasonable and there are often promotions. The quality has been very good! Best of luck!

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    1. Thanks for the tips. I agree there is a learning curve. Now, it's just a waiting game. Soon it will be here!

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